Unlock!: Escape Adventures: The Island of Doctor Goorse

By | March 20, 2019

by Unlock! (website)

📦play at home

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Rated between 30 and 40 out of 5

based on ratings from 10 users
combined with 5 pro reviews

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Jakob Frederiksen experienced rated this:Rated between 30 and 30 out of 5
Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
clever

This is a split the party, no real spoilers here, while it is set for a higher player count it still works with a few players. Clever end game

MissLoopyLou93 experienced rated this:Rated between 30 and 30 out of 5
Played: 27 Jun 2021 Team size: 2 Time taken: 57:50 Outcome: Successful escape!

We played as a 2 which made the game harder. Would have been much easier with 4. That being said we both enjoyed it and there were some unique elements.

Anonymous rated this:Rated between 10 and 10 out of 5
Anonymous rated this:Rated between 25 and 25 out of 5
Anonymous rated this:Rated between 30 and 30 out of 5
Wesley Mead expert rated this:Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
Ellie experienced rated this:Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
Played: 01/05/2020 Team size: 2

Definitely worth bearing in mind the split team element on this particular game when deciding who to play with. I imagine this would be more enjoyable with more than 2 people. Tripped us up for a long time in the game because we did not have the ability to check silly mistakes!

Some clever puzzles, object combinations made sense, few hidden objects (we are terrible at finding these so this is not a bad thing!) After completing the game, we flipped over the remaining cards and found 2 that did not fit anywhere into the narrative (like the game should have continued past the last door, but it didn't, very odd!)

Really like the Unlock! games, need to order another box now... 

San rated this:Rated between 25 and 25 out of 5
Played: 2018 Team size: 3

This game started out cool but got really frustrating at certain points. The split team element didn't work so well for us, and one of the final puzzles was hard to make sense of. We enjoyed other Unlock games more.

egnor expert rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5

The Island is the hardest of the first batch of Unlock! games. This is a split team game! -- you will be divided into two groups with limited cooperation. It's a large game, with many segments; we didn't finish in the allotted hour. There are many tricky puzzles (in some cases made trickier by the split team) and the hint system isn't always up to the task.

That all said it's a very involved and challenging ER-at-home game.

In general, Unlock! is less puzzly than games like EXIT, but more about intuiting how to combine objects in a logical way. The penalty system can be a bit off putting. Nothing is destroyed; the game may be given away and used by another team.

Anonymous rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5

my favorite of the Unlock! series, really enjoyed the split team mechanism, which makes this one unique

Reviews by escape room review sites

The Unlock! games continue to surprise and impress me at how much they manage to do purely with a deck of cards. First they managed to re-introduce search as a major part of the game (though there's much less of that here than in the first two), and with their third scenario they add in communication-based puzzles.
This is done by a card introducing new rules at the game's start, stating that the players must divide into two teams, each with a separate deck of cards, and must work separately. W...
A review of the first Unlock! board game - a collection of three escape rooms with a nice variety of styles.

Interestingly, this game has you split into two. We played it with just two people, which was a little tricky at the start – we weren’t exactly sure what we could and couldn’t say to each other, or who had to make the next move. But the game play was massively rewarding with “Aha!” moments throughout and a huge feeling of satisfaction when we finally did reunite towards the end.

Wir müssen euch sicher nicht mehr erzählen, dass Escape Rooms mittlerweile auch in die heimischen Wohnzimmer Einzug gehalten haben. Im Gesellschaftsspielbereich ist geradezu ein neues Genre entstanden bzw. in abgeänderter Form wieder zum…
The Island of Dr. Goorse has done a terrific job with its resources. This game pushed the bounds with its creativity, and the results speak for themselves.
It's safe to say we didn't particularly enjoy this one. The gameplay was difficult for the sake of it rather than because it needed it and therefore we lost interest. The concept of being split and unable to communicate with the other half of your team is interesting but not enough to save this game.
As the City adventurers are unable to actually visit escape rooms, I am going to add my reviews of Escape Games in a box that can be played at home. First up is:- Unlock!: The Island of Doctor Goorse The game consists of a a pack of playing cards and an instruction booklet. You will also

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